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Get Your Body Movin'! Here's Why...

Feb 25, 2012

The Benefits of Daily Physical Activity

● Reduces the risk of heart disease by improving blood circulation throughout the body

● Keeps weight under control

● Improves blood cholesterol levels

● Prevents and manages high blood pressure

● Prevents bone loss

● Boosts energy level

● Helps manage stress

● Releases tension

● Improves the ability to fall asleep quickly and sleep well

● Improves self-image

● Counters anxiety and depression and increases enthusiasm and optimism

● Increases muscle strength, increasing the ability to do other physical activities

● Provides a way to share an activity with family and friends

● Establishes good heart-healthy habits in children and counters the conditions (obesity, high blood pressure, poor cholesterol levels, poor lifestyle habits, etc.) that lead to heart attack and stroke later in life

● In older people, helps delay or prevent chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging and maintains quality of life and independence longer

Reprinted with Permission | American Heart Association, Inc.


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